Time to remember I took the process pledge! This is my 2nd straight line quilt ... and second 9-patch as well! My first one was a couple of weeks ago.
I started by stitching a 1/4" on either side of the block seam. The blocks are 6", so this allows me to remove the basting pins.
Then I used my fabulous washable pen to draw in lines for the white blocks so that I can continue to ensure that I keep straight lines when quilting there.
My first straight line attempt came out OK, but I am really glad that I persevered as this time it came out SO MUCH better!! The lines are much straighter and you can really see the "grid" on the back of the quilt.
I also found I love the built-in walking foot on my new machine ... it works even better than the external one that I bought on eBay!
Oh ... and I have I told you about the best quilting gloves I have ever used? They are Atlas gardening gloves and I picked them up for $4.99 at my local True Value. I love them, the palms are 100% rubberized and they really make it easy to grip and move the fabric through the machine. By-the-way ... they are also my favorite gardening gloves ... but no worries ... I have a different color of those to make sure they never get mixed up!
Hope you're having a great week!
All the best